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Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation

Since his debut, 1993's Kirk Franklin & the Family, Kirk Franklin has been one of the brightest stars in contemporary gospel music. The album spent 100 weeks on the gospel charts (some of those on top), crossed over to the R&B charts, and became the first gospel debut album to go platinum. His second album, Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, became the genre's first Christmas album to make it to number one, and his 1996 album Whatcha Lookin' 4 went gold as soon as it was distributed. With such phenomenal success, it is small wonder that some have hailed him as "the Garth Brooks of gospel." Still, despite all the adulation and brouhaha, Franklin remains a humble, devout Christian, eschewing the title "entertainer" in favor of labeling himself as just a "church boy."

Franklin's road to the top, though quick, was far from smooth. Abandoned by his mother and never having known his father, Franklin was reared by his Aunt Gertrude, a deeply religious woman who raised him as a strict Baptist. When he was four, she paid for his piano lessons by collecting aluminum cans. The lessons were money well spent, for Franklin was a natural musician who could sight read and play by ear with equal facility. At age 11, he was leading the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir near Dallas. Despite, or because of, his church background, Franklin began rebelling in his teens and getting into trouble until one of his friends was accidentally shot and killed at age 15.

Realizing that he had chosen a bad road, Franklin returned to the fold and began composing songs, recording, and conducting. Since 1991, he has been backed up by his 17-member choir, the Family, a group comprised of friends and associates from his younger days (interestingly, one member of the Family, Jon Drummond, made it to the semifinals of the 100-meter sprint at the 1996 Olympics). Support from his pastor, his wife Tammy, whom he married in early 1996, and the four children they brought to the marriage help keep Franklin close to his religious core, and he returned in 1998 with Nu Nation Project. The album topped the Billboard Top 200 charts (peaking at number seven) and remained on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 49 weeks, paving the way for Franklin's third Grammy (Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album).

Over the course of the next few years, Franklin worked on the soundtrack of the movie Kingdom Come (contributing the single "Thank You") and released another album, 2002's The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. Making good on the success of its predecessor, the disc soared to number four on the Billboard 200 chart and spent 29 weeks on the Gospel Albums chart. Two more chart-topping albums emerged out in the next four years, Hero (2005) and Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1 (2006), both of which topped the gospel charts at the time of their release. Hero went on to win two Grammys in late 2006.

The following year, he released The Fight of My Life, an all-star affair featuring contributions from Rance Allen, tobyMac, and Melvin Williams, among others. It topped the Gospel Albums chart and broke into the Top 40 of the Billboard 200. In 2010, following the tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Franklin assembled an even bigger crowd of gospel all-stars in Nashville’s Quad Studios to record the benefit single “Are You Listening." His next studio album, 2011's Hello Fear, featured "I Smile," his first hit on the pop charts since 2005. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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This song is my every day testimony... . . T h a n k you Lord
This is my favorite song so you better smile
Beautiful Song..Allow you to never give up...God is working it out in your favour!! :)
I love this song
This. Is. A song. The. Dish room
Needs
I trust. In. True. Friends. More
God. Has. Are. Hands in pain
We. Face. Storms. Pass
Feel. Has pain. They. People.
Hurt. Co. Workers
tylergoodwin 1 9 9 7
yeeeessssss LORD!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
Don't take it for granted never ever it's precious that's what the world need's now LOVE.
So Good!!! Thank you!!!
mrs.wheller
I love this song. . Sometimes you just need songs like this to help you get through the day. .
This song helps when ur goin threw anything
love it....so real
Love this song
God. Helps. Us. When we. See
The light. Coming. Soon
This. Song. Gods. Prayer. To.
Me
Amen amen!!!!!!! God is so good!!!!!
Thank you Jesus
Love u Jesus!
Occilianie i love this song
p.greer22
Because I got Faith, oh I can can, cause I wanna, yes I can! In Jesus name, I got Faith, Amen!!! :)
krysten.broo k s
God is good!!!
God is so good
Yes amen
Love this
Praying for healing for the nation
The holy ghost is moving thank u jesus
Wonderful!
Kirk frankin , nu nation
I love this song so true
@londoncc771 Whatever your need, God is able to do a deeper and greater thing with your situation than you can even imaging. So I stand on the word of God with you believing that He shall supply all your NEEDS, according to His riches in glory.. May your answer be aligned in His will that God alone will be glorified. So I a pray in the mighty name of Jesus let your will be done that this person would prosper in all things, be in good health even as their soul prospers. And your blessings consume
Yes lord
amen my life is in your hands
I love his songs
londoncc771
Heavenly Father, You know what I stand in the need of. I'm standing in the need of prayer and your blessings. . Yes Lord...
Food for my soul....feel i n g this...
This song is so real ♥♥♥
Omg Love This Song It Means A lot The Storm Is Over Now No more Worrying
antoniofoste r r 3
This my favorite song. GOD IS GOOD AT ALL TIME.
lord loves u lord throws away the stress
lord would never put more on u than u can bear
kizzie78
Yes lord my life is in your hands and all b my problems, yes lord, had to taje a praise brake in my office at work. ...
00RRALLDEN
Thank god i listen to tthis song n be in tear only god can handle my pain that have i love u lord
ms.netta.js
Jesus, my life is in YOUR hands....NO BODY CAN PLUCK ME OUT..no matter what may come my way...LOVE YOU JESUS
princess.mur p h y 7 8
God is Good! No matter what comes my way I know my God got me and my life is in his hands.
Thank you Lord that it's over...god gave me strength to over come .,.
I know the lord loves me and will never put more on me that i can bare. He is good and worthy to be praise
God is good
My name is Gary and I love my. Lord and I need god in my lift and Kirk is the on for me
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